Congressman Barr supports armed guards in schools

02/23/2018 01:51 PM

LEXINGTON- U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is in support of adding armed guards to schools in hopes it will keep children safe.

While in Lexington for an unrelated event, Congressman Barr told Spectrum News that adding armed guards to schools was a personal issue for many members of Congress. He referenced the shooting last summer in Washington D.C. while Republican members of Congress were holding baseball practice, that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise with life threatening injuries.

“If it wasn’t for the brave response and the quick response of the Capitol Hill Police it would have been a catastrophe on that baseball field,” Said Rep. Barr. “So a well-trained armed security guard can make all the difference in preventing these tragedies from being even worse.”

Congressman Barr also refuted the claims that congress has done nothing to reform gun laws in wakes of mass shootings. Barr pointed to the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which he co-sponsored in 2016. The law changes medical privacy laws making it easier for family members of mentally ill to better intervene.

Barr also said he signed a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to toughen regulations on bump stocks after the shooting in Las Vegas.

In the wake of the Sunderland Springs, Texas shooting, he said Congress worked to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, after the shooter was able to buy a gun after the criminal background check system was not updated.

Watch Congressman Barr’s full response on gun control.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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